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RATINGS: 636   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Autumn Fire
Ale brewed with chestnut and spices
To catch a bit of soft radiance in each special bottle, we wait for fall colors to begin their bright and fleeting glow before brewing this wonderful ale under their autumn fire. Gentle amber malts lead smooth caramel notes, gently lapping against a shore of distant forgotten spice. A beer to contemplate and enjoy!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2008
750 mL, capped bottle from jrob_21 - thanks, Jonathan! Probably the biggest gusher Iíve ever had (and Iím getting fed up with JP!) - would be surprised if I got more than 5 or 6 ounces out of the bottle. Muddy, protein-filled ruddy-brown body, but still letting light through, head is lacing and a crystalline, pretty rocky beige, while it lasts. Aroma is dominated by JPís brand of Belgian yeast, soft and slightly dusty with more caramel and candy than fruit...but a gentle blend, on the whole. With time, some light gueuze-like acidity and slight lactose. Taste is very yeasty and very dry, with a smooth Saison-ish spice. Wild, untamed yeast; sligthly woody with no apples in sight. No sign of alcohol, either - not even a light warming. Medium-full body is smooth and has some classy Orval notes. A really, really nice aftertaste, tart and dry and spicy. Anger (and laughter) aside - though I think Iím going to have to limit my JP consumption to the vat alone - this is an ale with a far more developed flavor profile than anyone would guess from the abv ... but also one that lacks distinction and seems has a slightly too-strong "clone" aspect.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9569) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2008
(Bottle - 75 cl, thanks Marsiblursi!) Sampled on February 16 - 2008. Shady yeast particle copper color, tan head. Extremely gushing bottle, had to wipe the floor a bit. Scent has Brettanomyces / Belgian wild yeast feel to it; acidic almost lambic like scent. Acidic and wood taste, some apples. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6516) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle (75 cl), thanks to marsiblursi. Hazy amber with a large frithy head. Spicy and fruity with nutmeg, some roasted notes (from the chestnuts?) and wodden notes. Medium bodied with soft mouthfeel. Slightly acidic, very dry. A bit Orval-like, and very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Pours cloudy, orange-brown, with a fine-white head. Aroma is spicy, a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other "spicy spices" are in there. Rather sour smelling. Light-moderate mouth feel. Strong sour quality to the flavor. Spicy flavors with some citrus bitterness in there. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008
light amber appearance with solid white head. flavor is incredibly unique, tasting almost like a gueze with acidic and sharp sourness that finishes very dry with some oak likely from the chestnut. a very enjoyable brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 (Bottle, thanks Degarth) Pours medium muddy, medium brown. The flavour is woody, malty, light bretty and light spicy with tones of mild oak-ish vanilla, earth, subtle chestnuts, milk and mild toast. The nose is quite creamy underneath the acid notes. The flavour is light to medium acidic, light sweet, light toasted, light to medium woody/oaky and light to medium fruity/berry like. The mouthfeel is light tart and medium dry with a citric sting. Medium bodied. Good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Bottle: I could not stop the head after opening. When I finally poured, it was amber with a huge, huge head. Aroma and taste of a spiced beer. Very good, but unusual Belgian.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2008
bottle (batch 249245)...poured a transparent and active orange brown with a sustaining fluffy slighty off white head.....aroma of soft sour and tart citrus fruit yet maintaining some sense of a sweeter malt profile.....flavors of your typical jp sour tartness, lightly spiced (canít put my finger on it), and finishes on a softer maltier note. a bit on the thin side.....not my favorite jp.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
750 ml bottle from Liarís Club. Clear golden amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma of spices, oak, fruit, and Brett sourness. The spices show right up front, followed by a citrus taste with some mild caramel notes and a hint of cereal grains and finishing smooth and slightly dry with oak, vanilla, alcohol, and a lingering woody taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Bottled. Still pour with fine microbubbles, quite different appearance than what others have noted here. Hazy orange-amber color. Lovely spiced aroma of holiday spices, pear, and citrus. Some funk to the aroma as well, with a subtle oak nose. Initial flavor has a smooth nutty malt tone with lemon citrus in the mix, followed by more bread-like yeasty tones with a lightly bitter, sour finish. The tartness is balanced well, but I get a weird metallic finish at some points. Very carbonated. Enjoyable.


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